Laundry & drycleaning workers

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2019 Workforce
148k
Average Age
45.4
Estimated Job Growth
0.186%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$22,748
Average Male Salary
$27,123
Average Female Salary
$20,813

About

Laundry & drycleaning workers are most often employed by the Drycleaning & laundry services industry. The average yearly wage for Laundry & drycleaning workers was $22,748 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Laundry & drycleaning workers by wage are Personal care aides, Parking lot attendants, and Recreation workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Laundry & drycleaning workers are Nashville-Davidson (Central) PUMA, TN, LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA, and Las Vegas City (Southeast) PUMA, NV. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Laundry & drycleaning workers are Las Vegas City (Southeast) PUMA, NV, Springfield City (North) PUMA, MO, and LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Laundry & drycleaning workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Drycleaning & laundry services is the industry that employs the most Laundry & drycleaning workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Laundry & drycleaning workers, by average wage, is Services to buildings & dwellings (except cleaning during construction & immediately after construction). Laundry & drycleaning workers are paid most in Polk County (Northeast) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Las Vegas City (Southeast) PUMA, NV.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$22,748
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,353

In 2019, Laundry & drycleaning workers earned an average of $22,748, $32,776 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Recreation workers make somewhat more than Laundry & drycleaning workers while Personal care aides make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Laundry & drycleaning workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.334
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Laundry & drycleaning workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.334, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Laundry & drycleaning workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Laundry & drycleaning workers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Industries

Industries by Share

148k
2019 Workforce
± 9,454
−4.77%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.35%

The number of people employed as Laundry & drycleaning workers has been declining at a rate of −4.77%, from 155,866 people in 2018 to 148,432 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Laundry & drycleaning workers employed by various industries. Drycleaning & laundry services employs the largest share of Laundry & drycleaning workers at  48.6%, followed by Traveler accommodation with 18.7% and Nursing Care Facilities with 10.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Laundry & drycleaning workers in the US. The average age of male Laundry & drycleaning workers in the workforce is 39.9 and of female Laundry & drycleaning workers is 47.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Laundry & drycleaning workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

45.5k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,237
103k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,873

69.3% of Laundry & drycleaning workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Laundry & drycleaning workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

37.6% of Laundry & drycleaning workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 19.8% of Laundry & drycleaning workers, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Laundry & drycleaning workers.

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Age by Gender

39.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.7
47.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.07

The median age of Laundry & drycleaning workers is 45.4, and Male employees are generally 7.94 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Laundry & drycleaning workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Laundry & drycleaning workers is Psychology but a relatively high number of Laundry & drycleaning workers hold a major in Psychology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Laundry & drycleaning workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Laundry & drycleaning workers need many skills, but most especially Operation Monitoring, Critical Thinking, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Laundry & drycleaning workers need more than the average amount of Troubleshooting, Operation and Control, and Operation Monitoring.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers are expected to see a growth of 0.186% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.
0.186%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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